Lord Dalhousie during many of his sojourns in these Hills chanced upon this charming spot which was later to bear his name. His admiration to this place led him to establish one of the prime Hill Resorts of India in the year 1854. Since then this Hill Station continues to safely guard its natural environs which till date are kept to the best of their charms and beauty. Built upon Five Hills covered with a thick growth of Ban, Oak, Confirs, Pine, Firs and a large variety of trees and shrubs "nestles" this queen of Hill Stations.
"A places Anxiety to preserve the purity and essence of nature cut out a gem of a Hill Station called Dalhousie." Romantic Charm and Majestic presence of the Himalayas have always drawn people of diverse nature, taste, culture and interest for a rich and rewarding experience. Dalhousie landscape, complete with snowy peaks, thickly wooded mountains, exotic and wide spectrum of Flora & Fauna, massive glaciers, glittering lively streams and ajure sky offer wending vistas of vision to the isitors. with the best and easily accessible location invites you to be in a romantic hideaway, viewing the majestic Dhauladhar, Snow-Clad Pir Panjal Range and Lush Green Bathri Valley.
Dalhousie comprises five hills Balun, Kathlug, Patreyn, Tehra and Bakrota at Heights ranging from l525 mts(5,000 ft) to 2,738 mts (7,800 ft) make Dalhousie a dream of a place for peace and thrill seekers alike the inviograting air warm sunshine and quiet surroundings add enchantment to its open and colorful valleys level walks and treks admist the dense forest offers enchanting view of the snow covered mountains and lush green valleys and rivers below.
The beauty and charm of Dalhousie has been able to capture the fancy of the famous personalities of the past and the present. Apart from the British many of our national who's who have visiited Dalhousie. Rabindra Nath Tagore, along with his father Maharishi D.N. Tagore visited Dalhousie in the year 1873. He penned a few lines of his Nobel Prize winning book Geetanjali here in Dalhousie. Rudyard Kipling, the famous British poet visited this serene hill station in 1884. Pundit Moti Lal Nehru and Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru have added to the guest list of this town. Subhash Chandra Bose visited Dalhousie and stayed here in 1937 for a good long seven months for recupirating from ill health. But after his sojourn in Dalhousie, his recovery was complete and he put his reinvigorated energy full steam into the Indian Independence struggle and was at the helm of affairs as President of the Indian National Congress in 1938 and 1939.
Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi also liked to visit this town quite oftenly. Tibetan spritual leader His Holiness The Dalai Lama has also blessed this town with his visits in 1962 and again in 1988.
This beautiful town has also been a host to the Bollowood stars and directors. Various Bollywood movies have been shot here. 'Nandan' in 1952, Dilse - starring Shahrukh Khan, Manisha Koirala. 1942 A Love Story, Gadar, God n Gun, Himalaya putra, The Blue Umbrella etc to name a few. Quite a few TV serials like 'Kashmir' have also been shot here.
22 Kms from Hotel Mount View referred as the Mini Switzerland of India is one of the finest Saucer shaped meadows lined by Tall Deodar Trees and a Lake in the middle with over an 500 year old Wooden Nag Temple near to the Lake.
Dainkund - Bholani Temple
10 km from Hotel Mountview, Dainkund is the highest mountain in Dalhousie, at an altitude of 2755 mtrs it provides the picture book scenery of the whole valley. The amazing experience of a pliable trudge in a beautiful ambience is quite spectacular. The sweet sound of the gentle breeze puffing through the trees makes a musical serenade and so Dainkund is popularly known as the singing hill.
10 Kms is from Hotel Mount View, away the quaint wildlife sanctuary of HP Forest Dept with a small forest enveloped Rest House is a beautiful place worth enjoying as its rumored that even in the evening their is darkness due to its thick forest covers.
The Mighty Bhadrakali Temple popularly known as Shri Bhalei Mata, an incarnation of Goddess Kali is located on a beautiful square of 3800 feet height at a place called Bhalei. 32 km. from Hotel Mount View, this temple of the local deity, is much respected and revert place of Chamba district. It is known fact that a visit to the shrine grants all wishes that one might have in mind. It is a worth seeing site and must be visited.
21 Kms is from Hotel Mount View, the Hydro Project Chamera's 40 sq Km Chamera Lake Boating and other water Sports facilities are really enjoyable. Here the facilities are run by the Dept of Tourism Himachal Pradesh .
Bara Pather is a famous temple in Dalhousie that attracts a lot of visitors everyday. It is located amidst the quiet and pristine surroundings of Chamba Valley and is dedicated to Bhulwani Mata. The tourists love visiting this place for its excellent views of the snow-clad Himalayas and the pleasant weather that makes the environment cool and comfortable.
Panjpula & Karelnu
05 Kms is from Hotel Mount View, each in diffrent directions are waterfalls almost in the Town. Karelnu is one place that should be must on your itinerary as it is overlooking the Pir Panjals and beautiful landscaped gardens.
The All year around Snow covered pass, which is a gateway to the Pangi valley is a must see place while on a trip to Dalhousie. 120 Kms from Dalhousie, its about three and half hour drive. Enjoy the majestic views of Chamba and Pangi valley on the other side the pass is located at an altitude of over 14000 feet offering brethtaking views all over.
Bharmour(Chaurasi Temple) is located in the center of Bharmour town and it holds immense religious importance because of temples built around 1400 years ago. Life of people in Bharmour centres around the temple complex-Chaurasi, named so because of 84 shrines built in the periphery of Chaurasi Temple. Chaurasi is hindi word for number eighty four. The beautiful shikhara style temple of Manimahesh occupies the center of the complex. It is believed that when 84 Siddhas, who had come from kurukshetra, were passing through Bharmour to visit Manimahesh, they fell in love with the calmness of Bharmour and reconciled to meditate here. Chaurasi Temple Complex was built approximately in 7th century, although repairs of many temples have been carried out in later period.
Chamba is a town in the Chamba district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, in northern India. According to the 2001 Indian census the town is situated on the banks of the Ravi River, at its confluence with the Sal River.